Prior to setting out on my travels to India I did a bit of research to discover what would be best to pack in my travel make up bag. Lisa Eldridge's Long Haul Flight Beauty Regime video was an absolute god-send for pointing me in the right direction, even though I didn't use the same products as Lisa, my basic routine was pretty much lifted straight from hers.
I was lucky enough to spend the 10+ hours from Manchester airport to Mumbai, and back again, in business class - hello lots of space and fully reclinable chair (I was one of those annoying people who spends the first 10 mins on board pressing every single button around me to discover what it does)! On the way out to India I was the only the female in the whole of business class, to say I got a couple of looks when going through my whole routine was an understatement, not that I cared. It's not worth getting dehydrated and spotty just to avoid a few stares now is it? And as Lisa Eldridge says, you might as well use the time for a little pampering!
First a note on the bag, I've been using this clear travel make up bag from Boots for over a year now for flying. It's the perfect size for passing through airport security, whilst also being more convenient than the disposable clear baggies and big enough to fit all the bits and bobs that I insist on travelling with! I don't like to wear a lot of make-up while travelling, there is something about long journeys that makes me feel horrid, so before setting off to the airport I just put the basics of concealer, blusher and eyebrow pencil on - to make me look alive! This means that once settled in my seat it was easy to use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic on a few cotton pads to remove the small amount of make-up.
The main thing I want to avoid from a long haul flight is dehydration from the recirculated air. The Hydraluron Moisture Booster is the first layer I apply to help absorb the goodness from the products I follow up with. Lisa Eldridge stresses using a good hydrating mask for the duration of the flight, I went for my favourite Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, slathering a thick layer on all over my face. I then sit back and relax with two soaked cotton wool pads covered in the Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Lotion over my eyes, with an eye mask over the top to keep them place. This cools and hydrates, and after a bit of relaxation can be used to clean off any product from the area.
Throughout the long flight I will periodically brush my teeth, apply the lovely Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream and invigorating Jason lip balm. If I'm a bit spotty I'll apply Clinique Acne Solution, and on any particularly patches of dry skin or cracked cuticles I'll apply Yu-Be balm (a bit like the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream). I always pack the Naturaleve Nourishing Therapy Oil, not only is it great for hydrating skin, but if I'm struggling to sleep the rosehip, lavender and chamomile make it great for relaxation.
When getting ready to land I'll give my face a quick wipe over with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, to remove the layers and layers of products applied. I then start prepping to make myself look a little more presentable for the outside world. The Avène Skin Recovery Cream is a great moisturiser to continue on with the intense hydration needed after a flight, and the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream is perfect for brightening up the under eye area. A quick slick of make-up is all I need for the transfer to my hotel, so I just apply concealer to wherever I need it as well as some blusher and a bit of an eyebrow pencil fill in my non existent brows and give some colour back to my face. Of course perfume always comes in handy for a quick freshen up too!
I'm so happy with this routine and leave the plane feeling clean and refreshed each time, I'll definitely be continuing this for years to come.
How does this compare to your routine? Let me know if you have any travel tips, especially for flying.